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Vacationing with CPAP Therapy? RRT Dawn Oliver can help

With Christmas in the rear view mirror and frigid temperatures setting in, many Canadians will soon be packing up for warmer climates.

Find out:

How you can travel with your portable oxygen and CPAP machines.

Which adaptor you may need to bring for powering your machine(s).

Which supplies are a 'must' when you travel.

Dawn Oliver fills you on all you need to know in this article.

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Sleep Apnea


If you suffer from snoring, daytime sleepiness, headaches and/or chronic fatigue, ask your family physician about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

OSA is a serious disorder that causes you to stop breathing for periods of time while you sleep. These 'pauses' can be anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds long.


Individuals with any of the following should consider OSA screening

  • Complaints of fatigue or not feeling refreshed after sleep
  • Hypertension
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHV) with nocturnal angina or Cardiovascular (CV) Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Excess weight
  • Large neck: 17 for men, 16" for women
  • Small jaw

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New Respiratory Clinic

Respiratory ClinicRespiratory Education Clinics can take the pressure of wait times off local hospitals. As waiting lines at your local hospital for medical services can be long, private companies have stepped up to provide clinics to help assess and assist your respiratory health. Family 1st Medical now provides a Respiratory Clinic at their New Minas and Antigonish locations.

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Portable Oxygen

portableOxygenConcentrator2Conventional oxygen systems deliver a continuous flow of oxygen, wasting gas when the patient exhales.

The Oxygen Conservation Device (OCD) portable systems sense each breath and deliver oxygen only when the patient inhales.

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Home Oxygen

home-oxygen200pxWe provide an in-home setup along with equipment orientation for the client and their family members.

Client also receive regular visits for respiratory and technical assessments our friendly Registered Respiratory Therapists or Registered Nurses.

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Equipment Rental Policy

respiratory-rental200pxIn order for Family 1st Medical to set up any oxygen service, we require a prescription from your Physician.

Oxygen Concentrator Rental includes:  Rental of the oxygen concentrator, Rental of a backup system and Free set-up.

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